A Big Weekend
Distance: 46.5 km
Time: 5 hrs 25 mins 17 secs
Rate: 7' 00" per km
Weather: sunny, temp range 12-28 degrees, humidity 80% down to 27%, wind calm
Week: 98.05 km, Nov: 334.7 km,
Year: 4082.85 km in 47 weeks at ave 86.9 km
Purpose: racing - speed
Distance: 7.0 kms plus warm up, mark course 7.0 kms.
Race time: 35' 22"
Race rate: 5' 03" per km
Weather: sunny, very warm, temp range 14-25 degrees, humidity 80% down to 40%, wind calm
Week: 112.05 km, Nov: 348.7 km, Year: 4096.85 km
Saturday morning turned into a very warm run after a comfortable start from home. As the day progressed, we really felt the unusual conditions for this time of year.
From the map, we basically followed Yamba Dr to the Canberra hospital, then up Hindmarsh Dr to Red Hill trig. At this stage we were following the arrows for the Triple Tri run course, so down thru Garran to Curtin, along the bike path to leave the arrows to go to Scrivener Dam. It was near here that Softshoe had a girl runner decide he had " nice legs", good enough for us to get a laugh. She was Ok as well, but too fast for us to return the compliment.
Under the Parkway at the National Zoo to the dirt path at the Arboretum. Open space here & getting warm.
We were drinking heaps & stopped at Weston Creek car wash to refill enough to get us further south to Tuggie. Cut across into the bushland near Kambah Fire Station to again nearly step on a brown snake, No 6 for the season. Very close.
Then nearing Kambah, a cyclist cuts in too close and abuses us "just for being runners on the bike path". We were not impressed with his attitude & not so politely told him so.
This weather suits me, warm, sunny & low humidity & I gained confidence as we got closer to home.
Finished with over 46 kms, a good total for the day, although I was hoping for over 50 kms. Didn't matter in the conditions, a good day out. No problems as a result, a short nana nap & then 4 hours at work at night.
Today, Sunday was the final monthly handicap of the year. A 7 km run near Mt Ainslie, a reasonably flat run with 100 metres of altitude gain & loss.
Again, it was very warm & several suffered in the conditions.
It was 181st handicap, finishing this time in 78th position out of 101. I was not in contention for any prizes this year, so took it easy, although I could have gone much faster if necessary.
Nice to be running in these conditions, I don't like it when it's under zero in winter winter.